One of the largest claymore mines weighing 30 kilograms was defused by the Special Task Force (STF) at the Murunkan camp on Thursday. According to the STF the mine was rare and could have caused a major damage including the blowing up of an armoured car causing extensive damage. The STF was forced to use a different method to defuse the mine due to the extensive quantity of explosives used. Here an STF bomb disposal expert is seen preparing to defuse the mine Pic by Priyantha Hewage

A few hundred metres ahead of Kilinochchi town, behind a cadjan thatched fence, lay a central kitchen, perhaps the largest in the Wanni.

World focus on Wanni civilians
Political Column
Scenes never before played out in the more than two and a half decades of separatist war are being enacted in the Wanni, the theatre of bitter battles between the security forces and Tiger guerrillas.
60 dead in Pakistan hotel inferno
A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad today, killing at least 60 people in a brazen attack in the heart of the Pakistan capital. Police said 200 people were also wounded in the massive explosion, which ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered a huge blaze that engulfed the heavily-guarded site in flames.
Groovy jazz
A line-up of jazz dances ranging between modern, contemporary and lyrical jazz dance genres will truly be an evening of dance worth noting down in your schedule.
‘Railway Stories’: for a novel journey in teledrama

In response to stories revolving around hackneyed family panoramas, television viewers would have a fine opportunity to experience a miniplay series with 'Dumriya Andaraya' (Railway Stories) based on a novel subject.

Problematic Prostate
When they are young, they cannot do without it, but as they grow older it turns out to be more a bother which in some instances could even lead to death, rather than an asset.
Foreign Ministry expenditure slashed
The government has slashed the Foreign Ministry’s budget by as much as one third of the present expenditure, with immediate effect, Acting Foreign Minister Hussain Bhaila confirmed yesterday. The Treasury has directed that all diplomatic missions abroad should cut down expenses by 30 per cent with immediate effect. The cost-cutting exercise includes expenses incurred by the Foreign Ministry in Colombo.
Crash, bang: Those beyond the law
Security escorts and an official of the Ministry of Defence travelling in a private coach sped past a checkpoint knocking down barriers last Thursday and later assaulted a Police Sergeant and a soldier who gave chase and apprehended them, Police and civilians told The Sunday Times.
Other News
CPC mishandling: Low oil price won’t benefit Lankans
Massive census today of people from North
Dress rehearsal for ‘moral police’
Lankan HC damaged in deadly Pak blast
SLTB bus bomb blast heroes say they will keep on work ing
The tragedy of the Treasury

The resignation of the Secretary, Ministry of Finance, a.k.a. the Treasury Secretary, this week, is quite historic in the sense that it is the first time since Independence sixty years ago, that a public servant of such rank has quit office following a very serious reprimand on allegation of corruption.

Tea and care
During an occasional visit to his family home at Pallansena, a village six miles off Negombo, Merrill J. Fernando found his aged mother quietly wrapping the tea - he had sent earlier from his company - into smaller packs.
US crisis: Lanka spared
As governments across western markets moved to stem the global financial crisis and restore confidence in battered markets following the US financial crisis, officials in Colombo said Sri Lanka so far has been unaffected by the situation.
WORLD CUP! We are down the wrong lane
The age old adage about the pack of sticks always has intrigued me. It’s about the old woman advising her disagreeing grandchildren the wisdom of togetherness
The end of Alekeshwara

In both Gorakana and Dematagoda, minister Alakeshwara's armies attacked the Jaffna army and serious fighting continued. The soldiers of Jaffna were defeated.

Latest News September 21 - 27, 2008
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Shooting in Yala park
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Colombo stocks back to bullish trends
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Former UNP Provincial Councilor's house set on fire
Colombo stocks fall; bearish movement to continue tomorrow
Enraged homeguard kills soldier and airman
Palestinian president Abbas to visit Sri Lanka
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Dismal opening for Colombo stocks
Select Committees on alleged Govt – LTTE pact, MiG deal and Inland Revenue
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Civilan killed in an argument at a Navy checkpoint in Wattala
:: Financial Times
:: Plus
Foreign Ministry expenditure slashed
Crash, bang: Those beyond the law
CPC mishandling: Low oil price won’t benefit Lankans
Massive census today of people from North
Dress rehearsal for ‘moral police’
Lankan HC damaged in deadly Pak blast
SLTB bus bomb blast heroes say they will keep on work ing
Children of Maligawatte reach out to children of the north
Fright over kevun and kokis
Act on key issues, health minister told
FM includes family in New York visit
15 in President’s UN team
Bogollagama the lawyer defrocked
Jayasundera likely Presidential Advisor
The Sunday Times settle dispute with shooting coach
Man with many complaints against police shot dead
Act amendment to precede local polls
British policy on Lanka angers Tamils
Predators in Paradise City
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UN-bound President at London Vihara
Police probe on fatal burning of student
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Jellyfish exports need checking
Why Tamil-Muslim unity crucial for peace
:: TV Times
Ashoka's literature, a guide to journalism
Literary Rites 2008
Arangethram for Dhemini
‘Mr.Klein’ at Alliance Francaise
‘Dummalawarama’ at Supugaskanda MV
‘Railway Stories’: for a novel journey in teledrama
U.S. support to preserve Lankan film heritage
Duck Parade at Golden Dragon
Mathew Thomas: new GM at AGH
‘The Rotti’ Re-invented at The COMMONS
‘Julia’ gives birth to two young debutants
Niyaz breaks in with a ‘black comedy’
‘Mr. Holland’ performs at American Centre
TV Times - Cover of the week
:: MediScene
Problematic Prostate
Fat – friend or foe?
Determining depression
The ABC of Alzheimer's
The right food to battle arthritis
You don’t have to always see red over red meat
Coping with Copd
US crisis: Lanka spared
Harry dominates DCSL annual meeting
Top ‘dogs’ crash in the market
SLIC gets top AAA rating
Hunter’s director resigns - Correction
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Mobile tariff war hots up
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PBJ finally steps down- Comment
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Solving office problems through Management Theatre
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Consumer says rights violated over supermarkets charging for bags
Tilak gets long service award from AMW
LMSL to appeal Rs.375 million in taxes
CT Smith: JKH shares may rebound
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LMSL vacates sans Rs20 mln worth of oil
JKH sharply down 50% year-on-year to Sept. 15
Business Ethics – my foot! - Letter
Ronnie-Deva’s intimidating presence at recent CCC adjudication - Letter
Extending age of public sector retirement, welcome development
July ’08 saw highest avge price for crude oil
SLT to Launch IPTV Services with UTStarcom assistance
Women lead the way in Southern coir sector development
Swadeshi improves children’s ward of Dambadeniya Base Hospital
Virtusa among finalists for US Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence
SLIC case might impact performance-JK stockbrokers
Emirates Colombo says inaugural fare to LA is Rs 165,000
Dialog Telekom Change Trust works on Youth Self-Employment projects
Lankaputhra Development Bank to assist economic resurgence in the East
Technology through SMS to detect fakes
Emirates and Trans Asia Hotel in new promotion
Mediation in the Workplace by Franklyn Amerasinghe
Qatar Airways offers getaway packages
Rajabdeen steps down as FCCISL President after revolutionary spell
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Singer, supporting local education through CSR
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Malwatte 1st half profit soars
SLSI to promote civic duties and consciousness
Charity Tea Auction raises Rs.6.2 mln in 25 mins
CIMA CFO Forum for CFOs to become CEOs
Panora sponsors ICT development in education
Development bonds issue sign of ad hoc crisis management-economist
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‘Elephant Dung’ entrepreneur at Biz Club
Sujan International wins two gold awards
Lankan expert to address international shipping conference
Mount Lavinia Hotel gets new Kitchens chief
WORLD CUP! We are down the wrong lane
Cricket drama takes another twist now
Players Association works Malinga deal
Ladies lasses rule the roost at Beira Lake
Six women boxers leave for Asian meet
Lanka A draws first blood
DSS settle for a draw
The changing phases of cricket
All fall down
"De Saram shoots Jayasinghe down" - Right of reply
Josephians celebrate Vaas’ feat
Skipper Hans and Navin put SSC on top
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Pera Snr, Mahanama and Vidyartha in front
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Islandwide Tennis Promotion
The end of Alekeshwara - Mahavamsa
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Family matters - A Poem for the week
"My Teacher is a Sea-Monster!"
:: International
60 dead in Pakistan hotel inferno
Pak lawyers' battle: From people's court to politicians' court
Emerging lessons from the crisis
Indian Mujahideen leader killed; top cop dead in Delhi gunbattle
Congress ready for bailout, but wants help for middle class
China orders checks, as milk scandal widens
:: Mirror
Cyber sports
Acoustic treat
Rock tribute
Hustle at the browser market
Predictable and preachy
Scripts of imagination
The kids will teach
Fads on the ramp
Corporate queries
US on us
Groovy jazz
Melodious tunes
Tea and care
Stop soil erosion before it is too late - Letters to the Editor
Here we go into a world of magical images - Letters to the Editor
Thank you for the care and efficiency - Letters to the Editor
Legendary lawyer who raised the bar for his profession - Appreciations
A fearless champion of justice and loyal friend - Appreciations
To Sir with love - Appreciations
Horrible scream in the dead of night
Finding Mozart in the jungles of Sri Lanka
Broadway! Here they come with top hat and all
We want more Pera!
Hear the roar of Lion City
Photography and archaeology: Going back in time
Clare’s school brings to life Tom’s magical world
Council for the Blind needs funds
Cookery garnished with opah dupa
Political Column
World focus on Wanni civilians
5th Column
Don’t be afraid! Smile until you look like a Cheshire cat!
Situation Report
Battle for Kilinochchi reaches crucial phase
Thoughts from London
Nothing worse than UK visas from Chennai
The Economic Analysis
Impending problems of an ageing population
Focus on Rights
Flamboyant untruths regarding the 17th Amendment
Inside the glass house
Can developing nations cushion the effects of US financial crisis?

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